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it's fantastic. >> i saw both. >> we were talking about halloween here. and you're talking about costumes for your dogs already. >> of course. >> you got one for your dog. >> he was a dinosaur last year. you have two dogs. >> i have two dogs. we used to have another dog that, unfortunately, we had to put down because he was of old age. that was a hot dog costume. i don't think it will fit my lab or doberman. we have to go shopping. >> what about barbie? >> if there's any dog barbie costumes, i'm all for it. >> i'm betting it's out there somewhere. >> it is. >> all right. thanks for watching. "nightly news" is next. breaking news tonight. the alarming developments at the burning man festival with police investigating at least one death with tens of thousands still trapped in the desert.
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the stunning scenes, people stuck after massive flooding spectators trudging through mud, warned to conserve food and water. chris rock posting his miles long trek to get out. what authorities are saying about how long shelter in place orders could last. extreme weather alerts from a massive wildfire in texas to millions sweltering under record high temperatures that scorching heat on the move we have the forecast heading home the latest on the holiday travel crush at the airports and on the roads. we'll tell you the best time to beat the crowds the urgent manhunt. a convicted killer spotted on surveillance camera less than two miles from the prison where he escaped neighbors now living in fear. the latest warning from authorities new tributes for jimmy buffet as the music icon's cause of death is revealed. stunning video a horrific plane crash happening right in the middle of a gender reveal party how a celebration quickly turned tragic.
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and officer to the rescue the heroic policeman rushing in to revive an 18-month-old boy. >> announcer: this is nbc nightly news with kate snow. good evening i'm peter alexander in for kate tonight tens of thousands of people at what is known as the burning man festival are trapped after heavy rains turned a remote part of the nevada desert into an enormous stretch of thick mud. police are now investigating a death at the site. the festival, an annual end of summer tradition, celebrates self-expression and self-reliance but these punishing conditions you see are putting even the strongest attendees to the test the mud has made it impossible to drive out of the temporary city, and the nearest paved road is five miles away organizers are urging everyone there to conserve food and water and gas. with another storm expected tomorrow, it could be days before they get out liz kreutz has the very latest. >> reporter: tonight
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chaos at burning man. >> we're kind of screwed here. >> reporter: tens of thousands remain stranded after torrential rains led to a total lockdown of the annual festival in the remote nevada desert dust turning to a mucky, messy mud. >> the entire place is absolutely soaked. >> reporter: authorities say one person died at the height of the storm. the cause of death is under investigation. >> i think i could be trapped here for a couple more days. >> reporter: suzanne ford is among those burners still stuck on the playa. what's it been like? >> it is so muddy getting around like just walking to your tent in the mud is impossible everybody's putting garbage bags over their shoes or boots or going barefoot because the mud, you just sink down into it it is a quagmire, it's debilitating. >> reporter: organizers telling all attendees to shelter in place and conserve food, water, and fuel. the entrance to the the entrance to the camp and airport closed other than emergency services, no vehicles allowed in or out.
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>> i am going to try to make a break for it they are saying the gates are stilled closed, but i've got a four-wheel drive car, and i'm going to try to make it out >> reporter: others finding ways to escape, trudging through the muddy desert even comedian chris rock and dj diplo. >> muddy still. >> reporter: the performer posting about the ordeal on social media >> we walked three miles now. i think we got five more. >> reporter: making it out after hiking for miles and then getting picked up by strangers. the storm system causing problems across the state in las vegas one person has died and dozens rescued amid heavy rain and flash flooding >> muddy, muddy, muddy burning man. >> reporter: back at blackrock city, people trying to take it all in stride. maybe not the burning man experience you were experiencing? >> a little bit like a rainy man experience. >> reporter: instead of the burn, feeling
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the brunt of a powerful storm >> liz, is there any indication when the festival goers will be able to get out of there? >> reporter: you know, peter, the ceo of burning man just telling nbc news it could happen as soon as tomorrow. she said she doesn't see this as an evacuation situation and said they are working with local and federal officials to try to find the best way to smoothly open the roads and get people out peter? >> liz kreutz with the very latest on that developing situation now we do want to get an update on the extreme weather in nevada, plus what to expect for the millions of americans dealing with record high temperatures. angie lassman joins us now. first, is there any relief coming for those stuck in the desert >> unfortunately, peter, not in the short-term we're going to continue to see monsoonal showers and thunderstorms working across that region with thunderstorm watches in effect at this hour. by monday they'll finally see drier skies in that region meanwhile a few showers stretched across the gulf coast and across the midwest, but it's the heat that will get your attention tomorrow and beyond. 10, 20 degrees above normal for this time
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of year as the heat dome has spread. we've got mid 90s in chicago tomorrow 97 for baltimore 25 states could see record highs tomorrow and into tuesday temperatures as we get back to work in the 90s across the northeast. we finally get some relief as we head into the end of our upcoming work week peter? >> all right, angie. thank you very much. the heat comes as americans are bracing for another holiday crush tomorrow at airports and on the roads as nearly 100 million travelers wrap up the labor day weekend. marissa parra joins us from miami marissa, what are you seeing so far? >> reporter: hey, peter. yet another holiday breaking travel records. we're seeing numbers whether by road, water, or air even higher than 2019 before the pandemic. now the tsa projects 14 million travelers taking to the skies for the long weekend but the majority of travel is of course as always done on the roads. keep in mind gas prices are up almost 25 cents for memorial day weekend with the national average still a lot lower than the peak last summer as people start to head back home
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tomorrow, aa projects the best time to hit the road is any time before 10:00 a.m. and any time after 6:00 p.m if you're still waiting to catch a flight, the faa says tuesday will likely be the busiest day for flights, but so fa this evening the skies are looking good we hope it stays that way of course, peter >> marissa parra in miami tonight. thank you. an urgent manhunt is intensifying after a convicted murderer escaped a pennsylvania prison and was spotted nearby this weekend on a neighborhood door bell camera. george solis has the latest >> reporter: tonight a lead in the desperate search for escaped killer danelo cavalcante near philadelphia take a look at this. police say the fugitive was seen on door bell video early saturday morning in this heavily wooded neighborhood it is less than two miles from the chester county prison where he somehow escaped thursday >> we didn't know where he was we didn't have really a snip of anything until he was leaving the prison now we have a positive sighting. >> reporter: police say cavalcante is still wearing his prison issued white
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t-shirt and pants and they are investigating if he is responsible for a series of burglaries in the area. >> drone aviation, we're trying to do everything within our power to ensure that we bring him to justice. >> reporter: tonight local state and federal authorities have the heavily wooded community just 30 miles from philadelphia surrounded mobilizing in seconds as tip calls for the fugitive come in officials leaving no stone unturned as they are checking the trunk of every vehicle that comes out of the search zone. residents here are terrified. have you seep anything like this before >> we have never seen anything like this before and we are in the perimeter so we are very worried, very concerned. >> reporter: police say the 5-foot cavalcante is extremely dangerous and has a violent history, escaping just nine days after he was sentenced to life in prison for the brutal murder of his ex-girlfriend. authorities say he stabbed her more than 30 times in front of her children he is also wanted for a 2017 murder in his native brazil. tonight a community on edge as the search for a killer grows
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>> the very last thing we want to see besides someone getting hurt is him to get into somebody's house, getting a set of car keys, and then it's off to the races. >> reporter: george joins us now george, do we know yet how the fugitive escaped? >> reporter: not yet, peter. for now the road closures and the careful screening of cars in and out of this neighborhood will remain in effect peter? >> george solis on the ground for us there in pennsylvania to florida now where tens of thousands of people are still without power tonight after hurricane idalia made landfall devastated communities there are already focusing on rebuilding and just received a weekend visit from the president. guad venegas has the late details >> reporter: tonight floridians continue picking up the pieces after hurricane idalia as tens of thousands of thousands are still without power. in horseshoe beach husband and wife lost a recently purchased retirement house and
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had no home insurance. >> can't get insurance during hurricane season >> reporter: for now the focus is on saving what they can. as residents and volunteers continue with the cleanup process much of the debris is getting pushed to the edge of the properties with the large mountains of debris building up in neighborhoods like this one in horseshoe beach. residents are telling us they are waiting for this to get picked up before the recovery can continue but for many who are uninsured, fema is their best hope. this weekend while president biden surveyed the damage in live oak he urged congress to make sure there is enough money for the next disaster. >> i'm calling on the united states congress, democrats and republicans, to ensure the funding is there to deal with the immediate crises. >> reporter: fema officials announcing money is running out and the $3.4 billion the agency has in reserves could be gone by mid september back in horseshoe beach, governor ron desantis handing out food and not meeting
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with president biden >> look, we know that these storms are things that happen in the state of florida but what we have to do is just respond as strong as we can >> reporter: but residents say more help is needed >> for everybody i think it is just not knowing what's going to come next >> reporter: during his visit the president did meet with republican senator rick scott in a display of the much needed bipartisanship in congress while the president waits for them to approve the additional funds for fema peter? >> guad venegas on the gold coast of florida for us thank you. a massive wildfire is spreading in texas tonight. the game preserve fire has burned more than 4,000 acres. it broke out north of huntsville on friday the fire is only about 40% contained. out of the stunning video the gender reveal party that turned deadly when a pilot hired for dramatic fly by died when his plane crashed. you can see the wing collapse just before that crash in mexico
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with party guests below celebrating the sight of pink smoke. then you can hear them screaming. authorities say the pilot was the only person on board. still ahead tonight new outrage over covid relief fraud. billions in taxpayer dollars used to buy sports cars and luxury homes. plus jimmy buffet's cause of death revealed as new tributes pour in for the man bemind margaritaville
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we are back with an update on what caused the death of legendary singer jimmy buffett. his websit revealing he died after battling merkel cell skin cancer tributes have been pouring in including from florida's key west the island that inspired so much of buffet's music also in the college sports world with his hit "margaritaville" echoing at stadiums across the country remembrances tonight also for former new mexico governor bill richardson who served as u.s. ambassador to the u.n. and as energy secretary. he was just nominated for the nobel peace prize for his work to free detained americans including most recently wnba star brittney griner now to our series "fleecing of america" new concerns over how covid aid fraud cases were handled with congress taking a closer look at how the justice department has investigated these cases and what appears to be the largest fraud in american history. ken dilanian has more. >> reporter: it's the biggest fraud in
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american history republicans in congress are demanding answers about what the biden administration is doing to claw back hundreds of billions of dollars stolen from covid relief programs. >> we must identify where this money went. >> reporter: nearly $300 billion in fraud, some of it spent on sports cars, luxury homes, even exotic animals. lawmakers are asking attorney general merrick garland for data on how much covid relief money was siphoned away by foreign criminal organizations. >> if these are criminal organizations, if these are terrorist organizations, these are ways they pad their pockets, and that is of grave concern to me. >> reporter: citing an nbc news report that russian mobsters, chinese hackers, and nigerian scammers have used stolen identities to plunder tens of billions of dollars, most of that during the trump administration justice department officials say they've recovered $1.4 billion and charged nearly 3200 alleged fraudsters across the country including a massachusetts
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businessman sentenced to two years last week for using his ill gotten gains to buy an alpaca farm. and this instagram influencer facing five years after pleading guilty to bilking taxpayers to fund a luxury spending spree. >> we didn't design these programs or manage these programs. agencies should have prevented this before it happened. >> reporter: justice department inspector general horowitz acknowledges only a small fraction of th millions of scammers will ever be prosecuted but says they have to keep going. >> there needs to be that commitment to getting the money back and holding people accountable. >> reporter: the reality, though, is that most of the stolen money is gone for good white house officials point out congress has yet to act on president biden's request for more money to hire more fraud investigators and prosecutors. peter? >> ken dilanian. ken, thank you we are back in a moment with the growing controversy as the country's largest school district
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prepared to teach thousands of migrant children plus the incredible moment this police officer saved a young boy's life
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we are back with a growing controversy as thousands of migrant children will join new york city classrooms this week amid concerns it'll further stretch resources in the nation's largest school district. tonight we're hearing from migrant families and from school officials. here's lindsey reiser. >> reporter: across the country cities like new york are buckling under the pressure of incoming asylum seekers it's become a flash point as more and more migrants arrive by the bus load
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>> we have people sitting in shelters and hotel rooms with no place to go, no work, no way to get around the city. >> reporter: as the city grapples with more than 107,000 new arrivals since last spring, according to new york officials concerns are now turning to the school year, which begins this week. while the city says 19,000 new students living in temporary housing, many of them migrants, have enrolled since july of 2022, mayor eric adams says there is no way to be sure how many more there are this school year. >> we don't know the exact number because this is a moving target >> reporter: at this recent event organized by the new immigrant community empowerment organization, migrant families picked up free backpacks and got information about the upcoming school year berlin suarez arrived last month from venezuela with her three daughters. we asked her daughter how she felt about starting a new school in a new country are you scared
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oh she said this is new for her because it is not the same as it was in venezuela and she is afraid she won't be accepted for who she is meanwhile, with every new migrant that enrolls, some parents are running out of patience while schools are running out of room on new york's upper west side we spoke navid hassan and lauren balaban both have kids that attend ps 145 and have seen resources cut >> we have a library that is no longer. there are no books in there. it is being used as occupational therapy we have teachers sitting the entire day in closets. >> reporter: what are your frustrations like >> i want to see more being done from a city level, a state level. >> reporter: are you worried that as a result of all of this your own children will fall behind academically >> yes and no. it is unfair my kid doesn't have a room where he can do hands on science projects and doesn't have creative art rooms
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that keep him engaged throughout the day. >> reporter: nyc schools chancellor david banks says more help is on the way >> we committed an additional $110 million to address immediate requirements for all of our schools >> reporter: have you ever blamed the asylum seekers? >> they are not the problem. the problem is we are not equipped to help them and we should be. >> reporter: parents from near and far just hoping for a better future for their kids. lindsey reiser, nbc news, new york when we come back, this dramatic moment caught on camera when a police officer saved a young boy's life
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now to the dramatic new body cam video showing the
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moment a police officer revived an 18-month-old boy in warren, michigan after the boy's mom and uncle raced by officer brendan fraser trying to get to the hospital the boy had stopped breathing and was turning blue when fraser jumped into action thankfully we are told the little guy is doing okay tonight that's the kind of story that one young girl is looking to spotlight. it is even more good news tonight she's taken a nationwide journey focused on gratitude and persistance and saying thank you to those who protect and serve. >> thank you >> reporter: across the country, one louisiana teenager is spreading compassion and gratitude for law enforcement. >> thank you >> reporter: one hug at a time. >> you want a hug? >> i can get a hug. >> reporter: 13-year-old roslyn baldwin has an impressively big heart and an even bigger
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mission. >> i want to go to all 50 states since i've been to 44 so far. i've been doing this for seven years now. >> reporter: roslyn is traveling the nation embracing police officers in every state to show them her appreciation, respect, and support. >> it is a very nice feeling to be able to interact with officers and remind them they really are human. >> reporter: it was an idea she had at just 6 years old. roslyn was moved by the shooting of five police officers in dallas and again by the shooting deaths of three officers in baton rouge. since then her purpose has blossomed into a nonprofit called roslyn loves the goal to foster empathy and understanding for officers serving our communities. >> yay >> a young girl who plans to travel around the country this summer with a single purpose in mind. >> reporter: we first spoke to rosalyn back in 2017. do you think police officers need hugs from time to time? >> yes. >> reporter: how come?
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>> they love us. they protect us. >> reporter: since then she has spread joy at departments nationwide joined on each visit by her mom angie and now little brother philip. >> since we're giving out hugs can i have the first hug? >> definitely. >> thank you >> reporter: this summer sergeant eric thomas of the charlottesville, virginia police department was there when roslyn came calling. >> everybody this is roslyn so with the hug it just brightened my day and made me feel great. >> reporter: an effort that's bringing renewed pride to the force. >> keep being nice and showing love in return she will, it'll be twofold she'll get the respect and love back from not only law enforcement but society as a whole. >> how is that for having an impact roslyn, keep up the good work. that is "nbc nightly news" for this sunday i'm peter alexander. for all of us at nbc news we thank you for watching have a great night
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